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7:00 PM ET, February 22, 2010

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Douglas Elmendorf / Director's Blog:
The Obama Administration's Health Care Proposal  —  This morning the Obama Administration released a description of its health care proposal, and CBO has already received several requests to provide a cost estimate for that proposal.  We had not previously received the proposal …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
White House: If GOP Filibusters, We'll Pass Health Reform Via Reconciliation  —  The game of chicken commenceth — right now.  —  In the course of unveiling Obama's new health reform proposal on a conference call with reporters this morning, White House advisers made it clearer than ever before …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Clyburn believes House will pass health bill by even wider margin  —  The House will pass a new healthcare reform bill with a larger majority than it did on its first bill,  —  House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Monday.  —  Clyburn made his comments just after President Barack Obama unveiled …
Ezra Klein:
The Democratic plan: Finish this bill  —  There's not a lot of policy news in the president's new health-care plan.  The changes are pretty much what we expected: more money going to subsidies (which are now being referred to as “the largest middle class tax cut for health care in history” …
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
White House on public option: 'That's up to Leader Reid'
Discussion: The Politico, Firedoglake and The Note
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Scott Brown joins Dems and votes to end debate on jobs bill
ABCNEWS:
Obama's Health Care Fix: Rx for Problems?
Jay Heflin / The Hill:
Obama relies heavily on Finance jobs bill to pay for health reform
Discussion: CNN
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
ACORN ‘dissolved as a national structure’  —  The embattled liberal group ACORN is in the process of dissolving its national structure, with state and local-chapters splitting off from the underfunded, controversial national group, an official close to the group confirmed.
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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
ACORN: We're Still Here.  —  A spokesperson for ACORN is denying …
Discussion: Truthdig
Allahpundit / Hot Air:   ACORN dissolving national structure due to “damage to the brand”
Edward-Isaac Dovere / City Hall:
Empty On Funding, ACORN Shutters Around the Country
Discussion: New York Magazine
Matthew Vadum / Big Government:
ACORN Crime Family Shutting Down Nationwide: Launching Renaming Effort
Discussion: YID With LID
Dan Nowicki / Arizona Republic:
Sen. John McCain: I was misled on bailout  —  Under growing pressure from conservatives and “tea party” activists, Sen. John McCain of Arizona is having to defend his record of supporting the government's massive bailout of the financial system.  —  In response to criticism from opponents seeking …
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Michelle Malkin:
Attention, GOP: John McCain is the problem  —  In critiquing Glenn Beck's CPAC speech taking the Republican Party to task for failing to own up to its Big Government lapses, Bill Bennett cites various Republicans who have admitted the party's culpability.  But see if you can spot the glaring problem with his defense of the GOP:
Daily News Leader:
(2 of 2)  —  “Looking at it from a cultural, historical perspective, this organization should be called ‘Planned Barrenhood’ because they have nothing to do with families, they have nothing to do with responsibility,” Marshall said.  —  Nelson suggested that the organization be called …
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Larissa MacFarquhar / New Yorker:
THE DEFLATIONIST  —  How Paul Krugman found politics.  —  When it is cold at home, or he has a couple of weeks with nothing to do but write his Times column, or when something unexpectedly stressful happens, like winning the Nobel Prize, the Princeton economist Paul Krugman and his wife, Robin Wells, go to St. Croix.
The United States Department of Justice:
Najibullah Zazi Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Use Explosives Against Persons or Property in U.S., Conspiracy to Murder Abroad and Providing Material Support to Al-Qaeda  —  The Justice Department announced that Najibullah Zazi pleaded guilty today in the Eastern District of New York …
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Scientology Church hires reporters to investigate newspaper  —  After decades of digging into the Church of Scientology, reporters and editors at the St. Petersburg Times are accustomed to being denounced by its leaders.  —  But they find it unsettling that three veteran journalists …
Discussion: Truthdig, Majikthise and Don Surber
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Bankruptcy Boys  —  O.K., the beast is starving.  Now what?  That's the question confronting Republicans.  But they're refusing to answer, or even to engage in any serious discussion about what to do.  —  For readers who don't know what I'm talking about: ever since Reagan …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Charlie Cook: “Very hard” to see how Democrats keep House  —  Political handicapper Charlie Cook said that it was “very hard to come up with a scenario where Democrats don't lose the House” in an interview with National Journal late last week.  —  Cook, who, in the interest of full disclosure …
Dave Itzkoff / ArtsBeat:
Obama Biography Is Coming From New Yorker Editor  —  Updated David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, who has already written extensively about President Obama in the pages of his own magazine, will soon have another platform to do so.  The Alfred A. Knopf imprint of Random House said Monday …
NY Daily News:
On ‘ask,’ Lieberman answers the call: An exclusive chat about Don't Ask, Don't Tell  —  WASHINGTON - Just when you thought Joe Lieberman couldn't frustrate and perplex liberals any further, he is going off to become chief sponsor of the most significant piece of socially progressive legislation that Congress will deal with this year.
Megan McArdle:
The Eye of the Beholder  —  Andrew Sullivan has been doing a lot of blogging about Ryan Sorba, the [expletive deleted] who got up on stage at CPAC to condemn them for inviting GOProud.  Andrew's mostly given a lot of space to illustrating what a [censored] [redacted] Ryan Sorba is, and I fully agree.
Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
National pollster: Gibbons closing, Tea Party a factor and voters super-negative  —  Those are the findings of a survey done for the retailers association by national GOP pollster Glen Bolger of 500 Nevadans who say they are likely to vote.  —  The survey, taken a week ago …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Economist: If Only Obama Had Done Things He's Actually Done, Things Might Be Different  —  The Economist has put together a good website featuring a number of good blogs, which has tended to obscure from me the fact that their coverage of US politics remains remarkably bad—a mix of center-right ideological commitments and sloppiness.
Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
The Torture Memo Author You've Never Heard Of  —  The Torture Memos will forever be known as the work of John Yoo, the former Office of Legal Counsel lawyer who took the lead in preparing them.  But the internal Justice Department report on the memos, released Friday, reveals …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Bob Dole hospitalized  —  Former Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.) is recovering at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center after a bout with pneumonia and surgery on his knee.  —  Dole, the 1996 GOP presidential nominee, has gotten past his struggle with pneumonia and, according to a source …
Discussion: CBS News and The Page
 
 
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The Huffington Post:
Unemployment Benefits Plan In Senate Slammed By Advocates …
Discussion: The Nation
Lydia DePillis / The New Republic:
Bodacious?  Xtremely!  —  Do Stephen Baldwin and Wii a movement make?
Discussion: Big Journalism
The Note:
‘Top Line’ — How Should Republicans Handle Health Care Summit?
Tamar Lewin / New York Times:
To Impress, Tufts Prospects Turn to YouTube
Mike Campbell / Anchorage Daily News:
Davis-Palin team drops out of Iron Dog
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Guardian:
Sting in the pay of tyrannical Uzbekistan regime
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Jeffrey Lord / American Spectator:
White House Accused of Federal Crime in Specter, Bennet Races
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and Moonbattery
Nick Gillespie / Hit & Run:
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